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The Nielsen Company Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
1,229 Reviews
3.4
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The Nielsen Company Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They have a great work life balance with work from home options available (in 85 reviews)

  • Work hours are very manageable, work from home possibilities are nice (in 75 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is challenging given the workload is often too much (in 109 reviews)

  • depending on your role, you could be working long hours in some stressful environments (in 70 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Interesting work, limited opportunity for growth

    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I find the work at Nielsen fairly interesting and there is opportunity to influence decisions and make an impact on a daily basis. There is quite a bit of opportunity in certain areas to move around (although mostly laterally) and the work does not get too stale.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities for mid to senior level folks and the continued heavy push on offshore resourcing has taken control out of the hands of FTEs which has impacted the quality of deliverables.

  2.  

    pretty good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Client Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible scheduling is nice, casual office, pretty good benefit plans. if you have a good manager, then you have room to grow and get promoted. however, i have heard of nightmare bosses here.

    Cons

    It seems that there are a lot of blurred lines between titles and responsibilities - an associate manager often does the job of a manager and a manager often does the job of an associate director (next level up). This can build some resentment because it is not easy to move through the ranks here and into the next level even if you are actually managing your day to day work at that next level. Another con is that there are often unresponsive HR people when tough questions get asked. Also, the "meritocracy" way of dividing bonus and merit increases is laughable - a big pool of money divided among a big group means someone always gets shafted and does not get their fair share even if they did as good of a job as everyone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach - if you want employees to be the same cheerleader types that C-Suite people are, then give them more reasons to cheer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive experience in complex business environment

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nielsen offers a high energy environment that is focused on innovation. Another pro is that Nielsen has some very smart people working at the company and it's a very collegial culture.

    Cons

    Nielsen has a highly complex organizational structure, so speed of projects is often slowed by too many management layers and decisions by committee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus in simplifying the organizational structure and allow employees more freedom to experiment with creative ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A Global opportunity for anyone who wants it and actually comes to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Corporate Recruiter in Oldsmar, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Corporate Recruiter in Oldsmar, FL

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great environment. Great home/worklife balance. The most diverse company in the U.S.

    Cons

    Evening bus routes are not available to some in need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    92 years a leader in the Industry. I think I'll take my advice from them!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    good work experience, little reward, not flexible, average pay, opportunities dependent on mgr

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Client Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Client Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    best in class analytics
    ability to learn many types of businesses

    Cons

    horrible IT support services (outsourced)
    poor talent management (no plan, can never get hold of HR business partner, will give you a chance to air challenges and then turn it against you)
    high percentage of middle management with little to no experience outside of nielsen - very subjective view
    little to no flexibility (work from home is dependent on mgr, client and position- ask specific questions)
    pay varies by ability to negotiate , lower than industry standard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing all energies towards new hires
    Actively plan for employee rotations 18-24mths
    Encourage you managers to provide honest feedback to employees especially around how they are being rated
    Ensure the flex time you're marketing as an advantage is actually available to your staff and not subjective to the like/dislike by managers leading teams
    If you intend to empower employees to manage subordinates, TRAIN them first
    Actually live your values- they're pretty great but hardly ever followed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Company, Bad Call Center

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits with casual environment.

    Cons

    Shift hours are three to midnight and always have to work either a Saturday or a Sunday without the ability to ever change things around. Management just does not get it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop better Key Performance Indicators for the work force and there won't be as much attrition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Ununified Leadership. Lots of messages, inconsistency. Improvement is slow, internal employee change seems frequent.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Oldsmar, FL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Oldsmar, FL

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great People work there. not alot of job pressure, helpful co-workers, opportunities are plentiful internally. Benefits are good. time off is liberal without hassles. work is plentiful. casual work environment. Stable.

    Cons

    Compensation is 10-20% below the local average for many roles. Promotion is difficult. In some areas managers change annually. This causes dissatisfaction, re-work, job insecurity, and rapid transfers. The annual review is not based on what you do everyday. It is more of an opinion of your manager. You need to cover yourself constantly. There is alot of turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation is 10-20% below the local average for many roles. Promotion is difficult. In some areas managers change annually. This causes dissatisfaction, re-work, job insecurity, and rapid transfers. The annual review is not based on what you do everyday. It is more of an opinion of your manager. You need to cover yourself constantly. There is alot of turnover.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, boring job

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    Current Employee - Panel Relations Specialist
    Current Employee - Panel Relations Specialist

    I have been working at The Nielsen Company full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company has great benefits and an awesome culture. It is an easy going environment and participation in activities is encouraged.

    Cons

    Being a Panel Relations Specialist is extremely boring! Management keeps on you to make more and more calls, with little to no incentive. It is really hard to stay motivated to call people to reprimand them for not wearing their meters every single day!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A big mess of a company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Team Lead in Oldsmar, FL
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Oldsmar, FL

    I worked at The Nielsen Company as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    A lot of challenges and opportunities to learn new things. Mid level management is very friendly and fun to work with.Flexible on working from home, can call in to the early morning meetings. Looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Too much outsourcing to India, day to day process is very stressful for people who are not used to it. A lot of language and cultural barriers with the local TCS employees, and on top of that it is difficult to work with offshore teams because of the time difference. There is always a lack of clear communications between different teams leading to numerous conflicts and lengthy unproductive meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop relying on the outsourcing so much. The company is not saving money by paying less to the TCS. It is actually losing money because they need 3x more people and 3x time to do the same thing that a local resource could have done properly the first time. The overall skill and expertise level of TCS employees is low, not to mention their English language proficiency. This all leads to a high-stress work environment and causes a lot of anguish for the local US employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    no worth it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Nielsen Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    free coffee and co workers are nice

    Cons

    low pay, upper management not willing to hear out workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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